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Here's What Bradley Chubb's New Contract Means for a Brian Burns Extension

Jason Schandl
Brian Burns' contract extension with the Carolina Panthers will have to be massive to keep up with what the Dolphins paid Bradley Chubb.
Brian Burns' contract extension with the Carolina Panthers will have to be massive to keep up with what the Dolphins paid Bradley Chubb. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The biggest news in the NFL world on Thursday morning is the fat new contract extension Bradley Chubb signed after being traded to the Miami Dolphins.

His $63.2 million guaranteed is the third-highest total for any edge rusher, and his averaged salary of $23.8 million per season ranks No. 4. Both put him one spot ahead of what 27-year-old Khalil Mack is earning.

This sets a new standard for what edge rushers can expect to be paid, which is certainly going to catch the eye of Brian Burns and the Carolina Panthers.

It was obvious the Dolphins would extend Chubb after trading for him, but those numbers are pretty shocking. He's only managed to play 8-plus games twice in five NFL seasons, and the last time he had even 8.0 sacks in a year was as a rookie in 2018.

Burns, on the other hand, has played 56 games since coming into the league in 2019 (seven more than Chubb in one fewer season), and he's on pace for his third straight season with at least 9.0 sacks. Burns is also two years younger than Chubb, having turned 24 back in April.

Now add in that the Panthers reportedly turned down a trade offer of multiple first-round picks for Burns, and it's clear that he has all the leverage in the world now.

Burns is under contract in 2023 after the Panthers picked up his fifth-year option, but we've seen an increase in the number of stars players refusing to play on that final year without getting a contract extension done, so Carolina will need to prioritize paying Burns this offseason.

Seeing the unproven, oft-injured Chubb become one of the league's top-paid edge rushers means the Panthers are going to have to shell out huge money to keep Burns in town. Expect that to mean something close to TJ Watt's record-setting $28 million per year and $80 million in guarantees.

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